When completed tastefully, a warehouse conversion can provide a strong appeal to a dwelling. This is the case with this inspiring property located in Abbotsford, a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Preserving original industrial elements and making the most out of the existing brick walls, this dwelling cleverly and aesthetically combines some of the features of the old warehouse with the best in comfortable living. The result is a three level home, with a structure perfectly suited for the modern day needs: the ground floor features a large bedroom with courtyard, open plan study and living space, large bathroom with laundry, courtyard and lock up garage. The middle floor is where the core of the residence is located, an impressive open plan living and dining space. The upper level accommodates an over-sized master bedroom with city views, plus a wrap around balcony and sun deck. See any details you love?
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests